STANISLAUS POLONUS, POLSKI DRUKARZ I WYDAWCA WCZESNEJ DOB...
by Ruppel, Aloys
Printed in an edition of 1,000 copies. Translated from German into Polish by Tadeusz Zapiór. Expanded from the original Stanislaus Polonus ein polnischer Frühdrucker in Spanien., produced by Anatoly Girs and published in 1946 by Oficyna Warszawska. Beautifully produced and printed in red and black with wide margins on heavy paper, the book reproduces text, woodcuts, initials, headpieces, tailpieces, fleurons and other ornaments from Polonus's work. Several of the lush woodcuts from Gaspar Gorrico's Contemplaciones sobre el Rosario appear throughout, and some, such as "The Coronation" and "The Adoration of the Magi," are accorded full-page treatment, where they display the artist's attention to detail. Polonus collaborated on this series with his long-time partner, Meinardo Ungut, and Ruppel included numerous samples from their other joint projects, such as a page of text and music from Processionarium Ordinis Praedicatorum and the title-page woodcut plus a page of text from Floreto de San Francisco. Working on his own later in Alcalá, Polonus printed among other items a 4-volume edition of Vita Christi Cartuxano, and its title page woodcut with royal arms is reproduced, portraying him presenting the work to Ferdinand and Isabella (Clair, p. 218). On the verso in red and black is the colophon as it appeared with Polonus's pressmark. Frontispiece tipped-in. 1946 colophon included. Slipcase rubbed.